A charitable classic twist
The New York-based band formed by the musician Matt Pond released an album with a gift greater than what music already provides. Songs of Disquiet is comprised of four cover songs and four instrumental originals, its proceeds promised to the non profit organization by the name of Save the Music, dedicated to improving and reconstructing music programs installed in public schools. Composed during the band members’ time in quarantine, this album can be described as mellow and soothing, its acoustic sounds and soft lyrics working together to create pleasant pieces and compelling covers of classics.
“The Start,” an original song by the band that serves as the intro for the album, is a soft piece that explores the idea of trying to be a better person and about finding oneself. The lyrics of this song are rich and intentional, the effects of quarantined artists surfacing. Songs of Disquiet features two covers of “Pillar of Salt” by a band called The Thermals from 2006. Matt Pond PA had been fiddling with the song for some time before presenting two covers of the song in their latest release. The fist cover, “Pillar of Salt (Still),” is a delicate version that allows the vocals to shine through and brings the lyrics a soft light. While the second version, “Pillar of Salt (Stirred)” featuring Anya Marina, possesses more of an instrumental kick, the guitar leading a steady beat that, in combination with the lyrics, creates a medium intensity take on the song.
The cover of George Harrison’s “Give Me Love” is an enjoyable take on the original that follows the style of the rest of the album. The original tracks on the album, none of which have lyrics, all have a focus on the guitar. In each original track, the guitar is given center stage and takes over for the formation of the melody. The acoustic sounds of “Wild Strawberries,” “Summer Interlude” and “Face to Face” engender a feeling of calm and give prominence to a rich harmony that is typically created using vocals, but is brought so naturally to the acoustic guitar.
To title this collection Songs of Disquiet seems at first ironic but later fitting. The album at a glance is a collection of gentle pieces that would be appropriately associated with the word “quiet,” but when each song is closely interpreted, the acoustics and incredible balance present within each song speak volumes.